March 2021 - The Life You Love

February Recap

A few days late, but it's still after February so it counts.  Something I really missed about blogging was having a creative outlet that also served as a memory of what was going on in my life.  I used to love looking back at my lifestyle blog to reminisce and reflect.  Thought I would get back to blogging to see if it's as good of an outlet for me now.  I quit before because I felt there was so much pressure to be interesting and was worried about people judging me, but I've felt less concerned about that now.  I simply missed the outlet that writing provided.

February was a rough month for my mental health, but it picked up towards the end!  What was super important for me was honoring my body and my needs, even though that meant canceling some plans and taking time to be alone.  I spent a lot of time working on routines and self-care this month.  This meant remembering my love of essential oils.  Eden's Garden has been my favorite essential oils company for years and this monthly special blend just solidified my love.  I use essential oils strictly for aromatherapy and to incorporate them into different routines and rituals.

Essential oils have become a key part of my nighttime routine.  So has my skincare!  I haven't always been great about taking care of my skin and I still don't have a great morning routine, but I've got a solid skincare routine.  I swear by The Ordinary products.  I've been using their hyaluronic acid serum, niacinamide and zinc serum, caffeine serum, and AHA peeling solution for months.  I'll share more about my skincare in another post because I LOVE sharing about skincare and beauty.

I've been working on my mental and emotional self-care since the beginning of January.  I've found that moving my body, journaling, reading, and meditation really do help me more than I ever wanted to admit.  I think this also needs to be a separate post because these changes have made such a HUGE difference for me.  Actually, so did Liquid I.V.  Y'all, I have only ever seen influencers with hundreds of thousands of followers talk about Liquid I.V. and didn't know whether they really liked it or were just getting paid.  I tried it on a day when I was fatigued, had brain fog, couldn't concentrate, and just felt totally defeated.  A couple of those little hydrating packets and I felt better than I expected.  I've also noticed my afternoon slumps don't happen when I drink one of these in the morning/afternoon.  Honestly SO effective!  Consider this a Liquid I.V. review haha!

And finally, I've reconnected with some of my hobbies.  As y'all probably know, loss of interest or pleasure in things you used to enjoy is a pretty common symptom when you're feeling down.  I've really tried to reconnect to the hobbies and interests that fill me with happiness AND I picked up a new skill!  I've been reading books, reading tarot, looking for deals (I know, weird hobby), doing my makeup, and I learned some macrame skills.  I haven't done more with macrame yet, but I plan on doing more and learning embroidery!  I love being able to focus my attention on something creative.

I always amaze myself by how much I can write when I get going.  After reflecting on and writing this post, I'm reminded to look for the positive and the beautiful even during hard times.  I hope it inspires you to do the same!  How was February for you?  What were your favorite parts of the month?  Leave a comment below and tell me all about it!  Seriously, I love hearing from people!